WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the U.S. Senate passed the Broadband Deployment Accuracy and Technological Availability (DATA) Act—legislation U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, co-sponsored and amended to improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps. Specifically, the legislation would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to use more granular data in their broadband maps. The bill now moves to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature.
“These coverage maps often help determine what funding goes where,” Senator Capito said. “That’s why more granular data is imperative. I’m particularly proud of the provisions I included in this bill, and I’m hopeful these meaningful changes will further our efforts to close the digital divide in West Virginia and other rural parts of the country. This legislation is another Capito Connect success, and I’m eager to see the changes benefit homes and businesses across the state.”
The Broadband DATA Act includes several provisions Senator Capito authored and were part of her Broadband Data Improvement Act (BDIA), which she introduced in May 2019.
Senator Capito’s language in the Broadband DATA Act would:
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